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The Iguana Tree by Michel Stone
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Apr 04, 12

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message 1: by Suzanne (last edited Apr 04, 2012 03:25AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Suzanne Although South Carolina is teeming with writers, I haven't noticed many novels out of the state that deal with the changing demographics. There are far more Spanish-speaking (legal and otherwise) immigrants in the state than there were some twenty years ago. It's nice to come across a serious, well-written novel that gives attention to this part of the population.

I was drawn to this book by the subject matter, the stunning cover, and the publisher (a scrappy indie press aided by The Atlantic's legendary fiction editor C. Michael Curtis). While some readers might have reservations about picking up a book about brown people written by a very white Southern woman (shades of THE HELP), Stone should be commended by her sensitive portrayal of Hector, who dreams of a better life across the border, and Lilia, the young headstrong wife who follows him against his wishes. He wants her to wait until he can bring her safely over.

I also liked the characters Lucas and Elizabeth, Hector's employers in South Carolina, who come across as neither all good or all bad, but as pleasingly complicated.


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